Travel to Port Douglas in Australia. Port Douglas is a coastal resort town north of Cairns, near the Daintree National Park. Port Douglas is ideal for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to the Daintree Rainforest, with Cape Tribulation a 90 minute drive on well maintained sealed roads.Port Douglas maintains a village feel, as it is a town where the Palm Trees are taller than the buildings and you can meander through the town to do some shopping, or enjoy a wide variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants & bars, ranging from those offering excellent value to world class cuisine.It is a very popular tourist, beach and reef destination, with the peak season being during the Australian winter.Port Douglas can only be reached by road (it’s about one hour drive from Cairns airport). Shuttles are available from Cairns. Sun Palm run a shuttle from Cairns airport and downtown ($35/$15) a good option is Exemplar Coaches and Limousines Car hire is also easily available at Cairns.There are 2 bus systems that will take you into town for $5 dollars round trip. The return ticket is only good with the bus company you went in to town with. On Sundays there is a small sightseeing train that runs into and out of town. Tours to the reef or rain forest pick you up at your hotel.Buses go past 4 times per hour from 7AM til around midnight.The main downtown area (along Macrossan St) is easily walkable if you choose a hotel/hostel in that area.Port Douglas plays host to a weekly Sunday Market where everything from fresh tropical fruit & vegetables, to clothes, jewellery and gifts. Open 8am-1:30pm.There are plenty of restaurants on Macrossan street. 2Fish, Zeus, The Living Room and Salsa restaurants on Wharf street (among others are also very lively in the evening. “On the Inlet” restaurant offers great sea food, including many barramundi recipes. The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary has a great buffet experience with Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets: as you dine, birds and other wildlife wander amongst the tables!The Iron Bar – good patterFor cocktail lovers, Watergate & Zinc are front runners.While there are a number of expensive places in Port Douglas, there are also some great cheaper options to allow everyone to rub shoulders with the rich & famous in Port Douglas!As anywhere in Northern Queensland, beware of crocodiles and, during season, stingers. Keep away from creeks and during stinger season, only swim in the ocean within designated nets or wearing a suit. Stinger season is from November to May/June. Port Douglas is minutes away from the Great Barrier reef. Scuba diving or snorkeling is a must. A trip to the outer edge of the reef will take between one and two hours on fast boats. Most boats, like the Quick Silver, Calypso, Poseidon, Haba or Aristocat will go to the Agincourt Ribbon reef. It is the place where the reef meets the rainforest, a tropical wonderland of diversity. Port Douglas is close to the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation. Cape Tribulation and its pristine tropical beach is a dream. Another great day trip is the nearby Atherton Tablelands. See the rain forest and its eco-system in Daintree forest or Mossman gorges. Most guided day trips from Cairns do pickups in Port Douglas, too.
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